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Cheltenham Academy of Music and Dramatic Art

Inspired Education

Application and Membership at CAMDA 2022-23

Terms and Conditions

The Personal data within this Terms and Conditions form will be "processed" in adherence to the Data Protection Act 1988 by CAMDA Enterprises and CAMDA and the Principal in Gloucestershire ("CAMDA") for the purposes of teaching services in music, singing, magic (with professional Magic Circle Magicians), acting and dramatic art, as well as administration, teaching, workshops, trips, health, safety and research, the provision of this organisations under legislation relating to children 6 to 16 years of age and adults 17 years and above (no upper age limit). 


CAMDA will not disclose the personal information contained forthwith to third parties at any point during the academic year or following completion of the CAMDA term or Summer courses including for any marketing or advertising purposes, unless written consent provided by subjects and guardians for photography, press, PR and filming purposes. CAMDA itself may use the information to provide marketing information.

Fees and course times are provided in students timetables by the Principal, CAMDA's Education Team and Artistic Directors, together with the signed "Acceptance letter", "Fee note" for one term, scenes via email and ”Handouts" for the themed school holiday courses, such as The School of Wizardry, part-time and Summer School weeks (3-5 days per 6.5 hour days), productions and Showcases.

Application to CAMDA will only be considered valid and accepted if accompanied by the agreed payment/transfer of student's enrolment deposit and course/academic term fees in advance, in writing to Confirmation will be provided verbally and in writing by the Principal and Creative Team. Receipt of the "Application Form", Offer “Acceptance Letter", Booking Form and any fees paid by BACs payment to CAMDA Enterprises from the time of application and booking will be confirmed in writing.

The acceptance of a student at CAMDA academic, acting and music courses may not be confirmed until the aforementioned payment and booking has been received by the Principal, Administrator or Artistic Directors team.



  • Direct Debit

  • Standing Order

  • Bank Transfer

  • Bank Giro

  • PayPAL

  • Cash

CAMDA Acting Courses, Private lessons, Music, Performance & Creative Workshops 

Themed courses - The School of Wizardry, School for Superheroes, School for Pirates

Written confirmation of the successful application for fee paying scholarship students per Summer School week or academic term secures the individual has been allocated a place in an age-appropriate group at CAMDA which establishes a contract for the provision of hand-chosen experienced industry professionals as workshop leaders, industry personnel and DBS approved specialists in acting, chaperones, magicians and teachers to provide professional music, singing, magic and dramatic art classes - together with a contract for teaching duties as freelance contractors for Masterclass services to Cheltenham Academy.

The Scholarship awards are assessed by a professional panel at CAMDA and at the Principal’s discretion. 



  • CAMDA reserves the right to exclude students from masterclasses, talks and workshops at its discretion.


  • CAMDA will from time to time take photographs and film footage of students during public events. If you do not wish for yourself or your child (age 6 to 16 years) to be photographed or filmed at any point, please inform the Artistic Director, Principal and Education team in writing upon acceptance of a place on the chosen course.


  • CAMDA will occasionally take film footage or have professional photographers and photography for marketing and publicity materials, including press - local and national. If you do not wish for yourself or your child (6 to 16 years) to be photographed or filmed in any capacity, please inform the Artistic Directors and Principal in writing with your "Acceptance Letter.”


  • The Liability of CAMDA and that of its staff/freelance contracted Specialists and Chaperones is restricted to class time only, on site.  Otherwise liability during workshops and masterclasses during scheduled Masterclass timetables is restricted to gross negligence.


  • CAMDA guarantee Chaperones and DBS Specialists at all times during term, evening and holiday courses.


  • CAMDA holds full Public Liability Insurance with Showtime Insurance for secure booking of spaces, theatre trips, venues, day trips, London trips and cultural venues in the UK and abroad.


  • Students participate in drama, singing and magic workshops and masterclasses at their own risk. CAMDA students participate at their own risk in venues and are obliged by law to inform CAMDA and all staff of any existing medical conditions, allergies or injuries in writing in advance, upon confirmation of application and booking.


  • Cheltenham Academy enjoys strong links with the UK theatre and film industry. If approached by Casting Film companies, Television stations, Producers, Agencies, Directors and other industry personnel, CAMDA reserves the right to declare an interest to relevant staff, parents, guardians and students.


  • CAMDA reserves the right to act as agent for professional work secured as a result of private contacts and involvement via CAMDA CASTING ongoing. For students securing feature film work, we are duty bound to arrange DBS Chaperones and approve transport. For work secured through CAMDA Enterprises and our Casting Agency in film and television, staff and students are obliged to inform the Principal and team in advance.


  • Film, Theatre and Television contracts and engagements secured through CAMDA (The Artistic Directors, Education Team and The Principal) before graduation and upon graduating require a 10% fee paid, according to booking duration and role.


  • CAMDA reserves the right to make amendments and changes to the term and week /5 day course timetables and Masterclass staff, where necessary to protect the company and individuals.


  • All enrolled students at CAMDA are obliged to be in charge and care of their property and personal belongings. The Academy can accept no responsibility or liability for damaged or lost property for students during any course at each venue.


  • CAMDA reserves the right to provide changes to timetables, assistants, chaperone and workshop staff. 


  • CAMDA is committed to the highest standard and quality of care and information, with every attempt made to present accurate, up-to-date information.


  • Cheltenham Academy gives no warranty as to the accuracy of the information contained on this website and accept no liability for damage, loss or any inconvenience caused as a result of reliance on such digital information.


  • CAMDA takes all reasonable measures to ensure that information is not offensive or defamatory. 


  • CAMDA also run themed drama courses, special Wizard & Wand/Pirate/Superheroes events, Birthday parties, Owl Evenings, Showcases and School Term courses (part-time). Each course is carefully created by the Principal and Directors, designed to inspire and delight all ages 6+. The format and structure of magic, music and acting masterclass courses is the property of CAMDA Enterprises.


  • The CAMDA Way is a formula trademarked to CAMDA Enterprises and cannot be copied or used without permission from CAMDA, inspired by excellence in practice gleaned from professional theatre productions, film experience and training at theatre schools and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. This guarantees small class sizes, outstanding career guidance, acting support and delivering the best value for renowned drama and magic specialists to people of all ages in the community of Gloucestershire. Most of CAMDA’s core team deliver drama, singing and magic workshops for a fraction of their usual professional fees, in order to pass on their skills to more students in the arts.


  • The CAMDA Way is a unique blueprint for dramatic excellence involving respect at all times, inspiring workshops, creative variety, a no bullying policy, highly experienced specialists, constant DBS chaperones, small class sizes guaranteed (no more than 10 in any age appropriate group), outstanding drama workshops, guest industry practitioners, RADA founder, one on one tuition each course in acting or singing, individual feedback, professional industry guidance, free showcases, audition technique and dedication to the pursuit of artistic excellence in performance.


Fees are set by CAMDA as a sole trader. The Cheltenham Academy is funded privately to allow for greater numbers of gifted individuals to experience world class tuition in drama, singing and magic without huge costs and fees for drama full time training. 

CAMDA offers guidance for seeking financial support to low income applicants upon request.

Fees must be paid upon booking or acceptance in writing of a student place, or the place is forfeited or offered to a waiting list individual. Fees are non-returnable in the case of an enrolled student leaving after the commencement of course dates and terms, for illness or any other reason.

* Fees at CAMDA are reviewed annually.


CAMDA cannot be responsible or control the content of the website or take responsibility for pages maintained by external providers and linked pages at any time. CAMDA has made reasonable measures to ensure all information provided from third parties is accurate and accepts no responsibility for any loss or inconvenience caused as a result of reliance upon such information. You may not modify, copy, transmit, perform, publish, licence, transfer, sell, distribute, reproduce or display any content from CAMDA's website without permission.


The Academy recognises that privacy is integral. CAMDA Enterprises works under the 1988 Data Protection Act regulations and shall never share student or staff personal information with a third party. CAMDA's Data Protection Policy provides further information.

We operate a Cancellation Policy to protect both staff and students. 

Termination of a course place can only be accepted in writing by CAMDA and agreed between student, parent and CAMDA's Principal/Artistic Director Team. 


Any fees paid to CAMDA Enterprises over and above the deposit amount shall be refunded if the course is terminated no later than 7 days after the first timetabled day of term or Summer course week. Thereafter, the contract automatically continues for the consecutive term.

Please email if you have any queries related to CAMDA’s Terms and Conditions, Data Protection and the remainder content on this page.


Thank you for your support and co-operation.

Information correct on 14 February 2022.


Nicola Carter

Principal of CAMDA




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Photographs are not to be downloaded, reproduced, copied, stored, manipulated, projected, used or altered in any way, alone or with any other material, or by use of computer or other electronic means without the express written permission of CAMDA and/or the aforementioned photographers where applicable. 

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This agreement sets out the terms and conditions that will govern the relationship between us, Cheltenham  Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and you, the Parent/Guardian. It is a legally binding agreement. These conditions are important to maintain standards and to ensure that all members gain the maximum benefit from their membership.

  • Any free trial (taster workshop/taster day) is strictly at the approval of the Academy Principal, subject to availability and does not guarantee a place at CAMDA. A free trial may not be claimed in retrospect.

  • Fees are divided into Academy tuition fees £35-£80 per hour for private teaching, prices vary for acting and themed courses. Please see our website for more information.

    VAT invoices are available on request. Discounted fees will vary. Class timetables, Directors, Actors, Teachers and in some cases Principals, are subject to change from time to time without notice.

  • We reserve the right to revert to online sessions for any enforced closure outside of our control. This includes, but not limited to, national and localised shutdown due to weather, pandemic, venue availability and lockdown. Where the Academy is running physical face-to-face sessions, or a combination of physical face to face sessions, the standard fee applies and is payable in advance when booking. 

    Any cancellations due to a positive covid result, will require confirmation and will entitle the student to a place on the next available course.


  • A teacher may, at any time, ask your child to leave a class if he/she is jeopardising the safety or enjoyment of others or their educational experience.  No refund will be given.


  • CAMDA reserves the right to change the day, time and location of the sessions. Should this be restrictive to attendance the minimum notice period will be waived.

    In the event that your child is unable to attend a scheduled course or session, due to sickness (subject to the clause below), holiday, government restrictions or a decision by the Parent or Student not to attend, CAMDA is unable to offer any refund of fees paid, or make up the missed session (with the exception of a positive covid result).

  • We may terminate your membership and discontinue the child's entitlement to attend the Academy in the event of serious or repeated breach of these Membership rules.

  • We reserve the right to use any individual or group photographs or movie shots of your child for press or promotional purposes.

  • Film and Television is one of our Summer courses at CAMDA, featuring hand chosen specialists from RADA in London and Film Schools.  We are contacted by local universities and contact individual actors direct, all ages.  Acting students feature in short films, with DBS Chaperones, fulfilling roles as part of the film crew or acting in front of the camera. Films may be shared by CAMDA online on our official channels, screened at local cinemas and entered into film festivals. By registering with us, you are agreeing to these terms of membership.

  • Bullying, harassment, abuse or other inappropriate behaviour by your child, you or guests is strictly forbidden at all times and will result in expulsion and such other legal remedies as may be available.

  • To the extent permitted by law, our liability to you, save in respect of death or personal injury caused by our negligence, shall be limited to the total amount you have paid for your course.

  • You and your child must treat all CAMDA Directors, freelancers, members, children and staff with respect and consideration. 

    We do not tolerate anti-social, offensive and distruptive remarks or poor behaviour in any way. You must make yourself and your child aware of the health and safety rules of the venue and comply with the recommendations, as necessary.

  • Smoking and the bringing or consumption of alcohol and the use or being under the influence of illegal substances is not permitted anywhere at CAMDA's venues.  

    Adult Improvisation policy - anyone behaving inappropriately, under the influence of alcohol, will be asked politely to leave the premises.

  • If you have a complaint or concern that cannot be resolved via the Principal, please contact us privately and we will do our best to resolve the matter.

  • We reserve the right to make changes to these rules.

  • All queries will be answered by writing to The Principal, 34 Montpellier Spa Road, Cheltenham, GL50 1UL.   Website and email letters to

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